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Posted at: Feb 14, 2018, 12:02 AM; last updated: Feb 14, 2018, 12:02 AM (IST)

Central Govt’s silence on FIR against Army men flayed

Tribune News Service

Mandi, February 13

Capt (retd) Jagdish Verma, President of the Honorary Commissioned Officers’ Welfare Association of Himachal Pradesh, has condemned the silence of the Central Government over the FIR and judicial inquiry against Army men by the Jammu and Kashmir Government, in which the Army men had opened fire in self-defence against stone pelters.

He said in fact Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government in power with the majority at the Centre should have come forward when the Jammu and Kashmir Government lodged an FIR and judicial inquiry against the Army men of 10 Garhwal Battalion on January 27, 2018 in Shopian in which they had to open fire in self-defence against the stone pelters who were even smashing the troops’ vehicles.

“The present government is providing lips service, hence Major Aditya Kumar’s father had to approach the Supreme Court and became the real rescuer by staying the proceeding of the FIR” he remarked.

“Unfortunately, the PM and Defence Minister kept mum on the subject which speaks volume. It would have been appreciable and morale boosting had they supported the troops in suspending the FIR, even at the cost of their alliance with the PDP government-led by CM Mehbooba Mufti in J&K,” he added.

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